Ranid came to be torn between two sects of the same Amphibiot religion, the frog faith and the salamander one. He began as a researcher in the archives of the frog-worshipers, but discovered their founder was a fraudulent, ambiguous person. Escaping into the swamps, Ranid joins a salamander community. He saves this cult from a conspiracy of mystics and defeats a mosquito contagion. Rand evolves into a unity-minded combiner dedicated to consolidating the two faiths.
The author has been involved with science fiction and speculative literature since teaching himself to read in 1941-42. He served in the Army as a linguist and translator in four Balkan Slavic languages. For several decades he taught sociology in Ohio after graduate research in Russian social history. In his years of retirement he has been writing Science Fiction, a return to dreams of the early 1940.